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Draft order based on the most recent Vegas odds.
1. Memphis Grizzlies – SF RJ Barrett, Fr, Duke. This is a down class, but RJ Barrett is probably the safest bet to have a solid, if not spectacular, NBA career. He is a good shooter, ball handler and has the potential to become a plus defender. The Grizzlies desperately need wing scorers, and Barrett would be an awfully nice fit.
2. Orlando Magic – SF Nassir Little, Fr, North Carolina. Orlando is another team that needs scoring, and Little has 20 point per game potential. He has great size and could be yet another solid defender for the Magic.
3. Atlanta Hawks – SF Cameron Reddish, Fr, Duke. Cameron Reddish has the prerequisite size you want from a combo forward, and has great all around scoring ability. Scouts would like to see him be more assertive, however. The Hawks could have three more first round picks in this draft and will go best player available.
4. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento Kings) – PF Sekou Doumbouya, France. The Kevin Garnett trade just keeps on giving to the Celtics. Sekou Doumbouya is a bit of an unknown, but he has a Ben Simmons/Michael Porter like game and could be the long term starting power forward in Boston.
5. Brooklyn Nets – SF/PF Zion Williamson, Fr, Duke. Thankfully for Nets fans, the Kevin Garnett trade nightmare is over from their perspective. Brooklyn now gets to spend it’s top ten picks, and Zion Williamson is a great first get. Is he Larry Johnson or Anthony Mason, or is he Mike Sweetney? Scouts will be tearing apart his game, but fans will love his aggressive attitude and sheer power.
6. Charlotte Hornets – C Daniel Gafford, So, Arkansas. Daniel Gafford would have been a lottery pick, and with another year of development could shoot into the top five. He is clearly the best returning college basketball prospect, and every team wants a new age center with agility and shooting range. The Hornets no exception.
7. Detroit Pistons – SG Quentin Grimes, Fr, Kansas. I am never really a fan of combo scoring guards but this draft is pretty weak, so Grimes talent will get him in the lottery. Detroit hopes he will be a better version of Reggie Jackson.
8. Chicago Bulls – SG Romeo Langford, Fr, Indiana. Even if the Bulls resign Zach LaVine they will need players who can fill it up from deep, and Romeo Langford does just that. He is a pure scorer.
9. Phoenix Suns – PG Darius Garland, Fr, Vanderbilt. The Suns hope Elie Okobo is the answer at point guard, but who knows how he will fare. Darius Garland spurned the likes of Kentucky to sign with Vanderbilt, and he will have the floor all to himself to put up some big numbers.
10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks) – C Bol Bol, Fr, Oregon. Bol Bol has the talent to be a better offensive version of Rudy Gobert, but scouts are scared to death of his love of the game, or lack thereof. The Hawks have three first round picks in this mock and will gladly roll the dice.
11. New York Knicks – SF De’Andre Hunter, So, Virginia. Virginia suffered a shocking loss in the NCAA Tournament, but will be locked and loaded in 2018-2019, led by De’Andre Hunter. Hunter is a do-it-all small forward who is athletic and a smart defender. He would be a great compliment to the young scorers in New York.
12. Los Angeles Clippers – C Jontay Porter, So, Missouri. Jontay Porter really stepped up during conference play for the Tigers, and will be the man in 2018-2019. If he can tone up his body a bit and improve his conditioning, he could be a long time starting center and a nice replacement for DeAndre Jordan.
13. Portland Trail Blazers – SF Rui Hachimura, Jr, Gonzaga. I am not as big of a fan of Rui Hachimura as a lot of the draft community, but in a shallow draft, he should knock on the door of the lottery. He is not much of a shooter, but is a great slasher, good ball handler and solid rebounder. Portland is set at guard, but have a hodge podge of forwards and would like a few to step up and establish themselves as legit starters.
14. Denver Nuggets – C Charles Bassey, Fr, Western Kentucky. The Nuggets have a glut of overpaid big men (Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur) they would like to get rid of. Nikola Jokic is entrenched at center but Charles Bassey is good value here. He has great offensive ability and solid size to match.
15. Atlanta Hawks (from Cleveland Cavaliers) – PF Luka Samanic, Croatia. With a ton of picks in this draft, the Hawks could take the draft and stash candidate in Luka Samanic. A classic Euro stretch forward, he is a great shooter with solid size.
16. Miami Heat – SF Kris Wilkes, So, UCLA. Kris Wilkes was inconsistent as a freshmen, but with so many minutes up for grabs for the Bruins this year, I would be surprised if he does not take a very big step forward.
17. Indiana Pacers – PG Tre Jones, Fr, Duke. The Pacers just drafted Aaron Holiday but Tre Jones is probably a better talent. He is basically a carbon copy of his older brother Tyus, but has the ability to be a mid tier starter in the NBA.
18. Washington Wizards – PF Jalen Smith, Fr, Maryland. The Wizards keep local kid Jalen Smith home. Smith has a long way to go physically, but he is a bouncy, springy big man who could provide energy off the bench for Washington.
19. New Orleans Pelicans – PG Ashton Hagans, Fr, Kentucky. Jrue Holiday is definitely a better shooting guard than point guard at this stage of his career. While teams are unlikely to get starters at this point in the draft, Hagans could provide minutes as a high energy, change of pace backup point guard.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves – PF EJ Montgomery, Fr, Kentucky. John Calipari’s latest lanky big man, EJ Montgomery profiles physically similar to Skal Labissiere. Whether he can distinguish himself from the other Kentucky big men will determine his immediate draft stock.
21. Milwaukee Bucks – SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker, So, Virginia Tech. Teams are always on the lookout for shooters, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker is one of the better ones in this class. He was a high recruit and has a nice shooting stroke, which should earn him a bench spot in Milwaukee.
22. Utah Jazz – C Bruno Fernando, So, Maryland. Still a project, Bruno Fernando would make a great long term backup to Rudy Gobert. He needs to improve his scoring and consistency but already looks the part physically.
23. Oklahoma City Thunder – SF Keldon Johnson, Fr, Kentucky. Keldon Johnson is not an elite athlete or fantastic shooter, which could limit his value as an NBA wing player. Still, he could grow into a decent all around starter, or at least high quality backup for the Thunder.
24. Toronto Raptors – PF Killian Tillie, Jr, Gonzaga. Shooting is what you will get with Killian Tillie. He is not strong, not a good defender and not a great rebounder, but has serious offensive stretch four potential. He would be a nice counterpart to Jakob Poeltl in Toronto’s solid second unit.
25. San Antonio Spurs – C Nazreon Reid, Fr, LSU. Nazreon Reid is the type of player who would have been a top ten pick fifteen years ago, but the league is going away from big, bruising centers. Reid is that, but his athleticsm would surprise you and he could develop a jump shot. The Spurs are always looking to develop cheap talent.
26. Los Angeles Lakers – SG Jarrett Culver, So, Texas Tech. Zhaire Smith was not the only Texas Tech player who excelled last year. His wing mate, Jarrett Culver, showed great scoring instincts and could be a nice guard off the bench in Los Angeles.
27. Philadelphia 76ers – SF Jalen McDaniels, So, San Diego State. Still a lanky, underdeveloped project, Jalen McDaniels has the look of a young Rashard Lewis. His younger brother could be a first round pick in 2020 as well.
28. Houston Rockets – PG Shamorie Ponds, Jr, St. John’s. Shamorie Ponds put up some amazing performances in 2017-2018 and is the type of confident, aggressive lead guard a team wants coming off its bench.
29. Boston Celtics – SG Matisse Thybulle, Sr, Washington. One of the premier on the ball defenders in college, Thybulle is a steals master who can hold his own on offense. The Celtics always get the best out of their draft picks.
30. Golden State Warriors – SF Louis King, Fr, Oregon. The Warriors get a steal here with the tall, lanky scorer Louis King here.
31. Memphis Grizzlies – SG Charles Matthews, Jr, Michigan
32. Orlando Magic – PG Jaylen Fisher, So, TCU
33. Atlanta Hawks – PF Borisa Simanic, Serbia
34. Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento Kings) – SF O’Shea Brissett, So, Syracuse
35. Orlando Magic (from Brooklyn Nets) – C De’Ron Davis, Jr, Indiana
36. Atlanta Hawks (from Charlotte Hornets) – C Goga Bitadze, Republic of Georgia
37. Boston Celtics (from Detroit Pistons) – PF Nick Ward, Jr, Michigan State
38. Philadelphia 76ers (from Chicago Bulls) – PF Matur Maker, Australia
39. Phoenix Suns – PG Jaylen Hands, So, UCLA
40. Dallas Mavericks – SG Joshua Langford, Jr, Michigan State
41. Brooklyn Nets (from New York Knicks) – PG Tremont Waters, So, LSU
42. Los Angeles Clippers – SF Brian Bowen, United States
43. Portland Trail Blazers – SF Amir Coffey, Jr, Minnesota
44. Milwaukee Bucks (from Denver Nuggets) – C Udoka Azubuike, Jr, Kansas
45. Sacramento Kings (from Cleveland Cavaliers) – SF Darius Bazley, United States
46. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami Heat) – C Moses Brown, Fr, UCLA
47. Indiana Pacers – C Felipe dos Anjos, Brazil
48. Orlando Magic (from Washington Wizards) – SG Bathiste Tchouaffe, France
49. New Orleans Pelicans – SG Eric Paschall, Sr, Villanova
50. Sacramento Kings (from Minnesota Timberwolves) – C Shareef O’Neal, Fr, UCLA
51. Milwaukee Bucks – SG Tyus Battle, Jr, Syracuse
52. Utah Jazz – C Austin Wiley, So, Auburn
53. Oklahoma City Thunder – SG Kostja Mushidi, Germany
54. Toronto Raptors – SF Vasilis Charalampopoulos, Greece
55. San Antonio Spurs – SG Aleksandr Ershov, Russia
56. Atlanta Hawks (from Los Angeles Lakers) – PG Quade Green, So, Kentucky
57. Philadelphia 76ers – PF Ethan Happ, Sr, Wisconsin
58. Portland Trail Blazers (from Houston Rockets) – PG William McDowell-White, Australia
59. Memphis Grizzlies (from Boston Celtics) – C Tacko Fall, Sr, Central Florida
60. Golden State Warriors – SG John Petty, So, Alabama